Stolen ID number can cost you, says Northdale resident

2012-06-13 00:00

FINDING that someone else has used your identity number fraudulently could cost you a lot of money.

Mondli Dube found this out when he was given a new ID number.

He knew he would have to apply to have his matric certificate and other documents reflect it.

The Northdale resident said his problems started in 2004 when he wanted to open an account, but he was turned away and told he owed a lot of money.

“That was a problem. It was making my life difficult,” he said.

When he went to the Department of Home Affairs he discovered that someone else had been using his ID.

“It was not easy to trace that person because he was moving from town to town,” he added.

Dube was given a new ID number early this year.

He is not the only person experiencing this problem.

Yesterday The Witness published the names of 29 000 people with duplicate ID numbers across the country. The names were supplied by Home Affairs.

The affected people were asked to report to the nearest Home Affairs offices to have the matter resolved.

There are two categories of people affected by duplicate IDs. The first is where two or more people share the same ID number. The second one is when one person has multiple ID numbers.

Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said fraud was often the cause of ID duplicates, adding: “Some people want to dodge debt and they somehow manage to change their ID numbers.”

Home Affairs acting provincial head Albert Matsaung said that it was difficult to pin down the number of people with duplicate IDs in each province.

“You find that a person applies for an ID in one province and then migrates to another province.

“It is therefore very difficult to say exactly how many people are experiencing this problem in the different provinces,” he said.


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